Public seminar Dr Budi Hernawan Thurs 20 Oct 1 pm

In collaboration with Indonesia Initiative, Faculty of Arts, Indonesia Forum presents a public seminar:

“Shrinking space of civil liberties in Indonesia”

Dr Budi Hernawan

Thursday, 20 October 2016
1.00 – 2.00 pm
Asia Institute Seminar Room 321
Sidney Myer Asia Institute
The University of Melbourne

Abstract. Current attacks on those who are construed as ‘the abject’ in Indonesia’s politics resonates with Susanne Karsteds’ concept of multipolar violence. Drawing on an extensive study of peacebuilding trajectories at the global level in more than thirty years (1976-2010), transition from autocracy to democracy would not necessarily lead to diminishing violence. Rather, violence has taken different and new forms. While state violence has receded to the background but remains sealed with impunity, non-state violence takes a more prominent role in targeting those who are placed at the margins of Indonesia’s polity and society, such as religious minorities, human rights defenders, indigenous peoples, LBGTI groups and political dissidents. Both types of violence have largely contributed to restrict civil liberties in Indonesia and thus have posed formidable challenges for remaking of Indonesia post 1998 reformasi.

Dr Budi Hernawan is an anthropologist and research fellow at the Abdurrahman Wahid Centre for Interfaith and Peace, Universitas Indonesia (UI) and a lecturer at the Graduate School of Paramadina University. He obtained his PhD from the Australian National University in 2013. He received a master degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development also from ANU in 2003. His bachelor degree is in Philosophy and Theology from “Driyarkara” School of Philosophy, Jakarta. His research interests include human rights, peacebuilding, restorative justice, state-sponsored torture and violence, especially in Papua and Timor Leste, anthropology of violence, religious fundamentalism, intolerance, radicalism, and terrorism movements in Indonesia, Papua in the Pacific’s politics, and inclusive governance.

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